2018 MLB Draft Guide: The Value of Tiers Cover Image
2018 MLB Draft Guide: The Value of Tiers
Dan Malin


Jaccob Slavin Headshot

Slavin snapped a four-game pointless stretch Sunday, scoring his team's only goal in a 5-1 loss to the Golden Knights.

Slavin continues to see significant minutes on the Canes' top defensive pairing (23:01 average TOI), however scoring-wise, he's still in a deep rut this year. Now with just 13 points through 47 games, Slavin projects to fall well short of the 34 points he registered last season. Despite some upside potential, the third-year defender remains firmly entrenched in the bottom tier of all fantasy blueliners at the present time.
7:34 am (EST)
Darren Collison Headshot

Collison posted 15 points (6-12 FG, 1-3 3pt, 2-2 FT), four assists, two rebounds and three steals in 34 minutes during Sunday's 94=86 win over the Spurs.

Although Collison has shown difficulty in out-pacing] Cory Joesph at point guard in recent weeks, that wasn't the case on 'Sunday. Although Collison is the clear-cut starter, Jsoeph is seeing almost 29 minutes off the bench in 'January, which is slowly chipping away at Collison's value. This situation warrants a closer look for Collison owners in seasonal formats.
3:34 am (EST)
Michael Amadio Headshot

Amadio scored his second goal of the season and had an assist -- both on the power play -- in Sunday's win over the Rangers.

Amadio has some terrific offensive skills and they came to the forefront against Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers on Sunday. The 21-year-old has his fantasy value limited right now due to his bottom-six role, but he's one to monitor in the future, especially if he continues seeing power-play time. Amadio has racked up 34 points in 30 AHL games this season and was a 98-point-getter in the AHL, so if he continues to stick with the Kings, Amadio could become a solid contributing scorer.
2:39 am (EST)
Patrik Laine Headshot

Laine scored and added three shots on goal during a 1-0 victory over the Canucks on Sunday.

The second-year wing beat Anders Nilsson during the first period, and that was all she wrote. Laine's shooting percentage is down from last season, but with more shots going to the net, he's just about on the same pace as last season. In the last five games, Laine has scored three times and averaged 3.8 shots on goal per contest.
2:34 am (EST)
Alec Martinez Headshot

Martinez contributed a pair of helpers with the man advantage in Sunday's win over the Rangers.

Martinez typically isn't a significant power-play contributor, but half of his 14 points this season have come with the man advantage. He continues to log heavy minutes for the Kings, but Sunday marked just his first appearance on the scoresheet in seven games. Martinez is worth rolling out in some deep leagues, but he'll be hard-pressed to match the career-high 39 points he recorded last season.
2:32 am (EST)
Anders Nilsson Headshot

Nilsson stopped every shot but one, making 35 saves, but that wasn't enough, as he lost 1-0 to the Jets on Sunday.

The 27-year-old has struggled as of late, but he really deserved a better fate in this one. Only Patrik Laine managed to beat him in the middle of the first period. That's quite impressive when considering Nilsson had yielded 21 goals in his previous four starts. Maybe the veteran goaltender can build upon Sunday's performance, but for now, it remains tough to trust him.
2:31 am (EST)
Connor Hellebuyck Headshot

Hellebuyck stopped all 29 shots in a 1-0 shutout against the Canucks on Sunday.

The shutout victory moves Hellebuyck into sole possession of second in wins behind only Andrei Vasilevskiy, and Hellebucyk is also tied for second in shutouts this season. Of course, he hasn't been too shabby in the save percentage or GAA categories either -- Hellebucyk is top 10 in each of those as well. And he's trending in the right direction too, as January has a chance to be his best month yet. With 10 days to go, he is 4-2-1 with a .935 save percentage and 1.97 GAA this month.
2:27 am (EST)
Drew Doughty Headshot

Doughty ended a five-game pointless drought Sunday against the Rangers, dishing out two assists in a 4-2 victory.

It was easily the longest slump of the season for Doughty, who is putting together an exceptional season on the Los Angeles blueline. Doughty is sitting at 32 points (seven goals) in 47 games and is sporting a fantastic plus-17 rating. He skated 28:21 in Sunday's victory and continues to log monstrous minutes for the Kings. There aren't many rearguards who provide better all-around fantasy value than Doughty.
2:27 am (EST)
Colin Miller Headshot

Miller posted a power-play goal and three points with seven shots on goal during a 5-1 victory over the Hurricanes on Sunday.

The 25-year-old hadn't registered a point in eight straight games or a goal since Dec. 17, so it was about time for him to break through, and boy did he ever break through. Miller was everywhere, recording a career high in shots and points, two of which came on the power play. But despite the mini-slump before Sunday, Miller came into this one already with a career high in points and now he's tied his career best in goals.
2:21 am (EST)
Henrik Lundqvist Headshot

Lundqvist made 26 saves on 29 shots in Sunday's loss to the Kings.

Lundqvist came up short Sunday, but he's been carry the team recently and can't be faulted for this recent loss. The King has now started a whopping 40 games this season, posting a 21-13- record with a .924 save percentage. He was outdueled by a desperate Jonathan Quick on Sunday, so don't read too much into it. The veteran goaltender is being relied on more than ever and will be a must-start every night in the second half of the season.
2:14 am (EST)
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